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The Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs meet Thursday in NHL action at the Scotiabank Arena. The Winnipeg Jets look for a win after winning five of their last six games. The Toronto Maple Leafs look for a win after winning five of their last seven games.
The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.1 goals per game and are scoring on 21.8 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Connor leads Winnipeg with 41 goals, Blake Wheeler has 42 assists and Pierre-Luc Dubois has 194 shots on goal. Defensively, the Winnipeg Jets are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 75.3 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Connor Hellebuyck has given up 163 goals on 1,828 shots faced, and Eric Comrie has allowed 28 goals on 348 shots.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are averaging 3.6 goals per game and are scoring on 29.2 percent of their power play opportunities. Auston Matthews leads Toronto with 49 goals, Morgan Rielly has 48 assists and William Nylander has 211 shots on goal. Defensively, the Toronto Maple Leafs are allowing 3 goals per game and are killing 84.2 percent of their opponent’s power plays. Jack Campbell has given up 101 goals on 1,172 shots faced, and Petr Mrazek has allowed 58 goals on 520 shots.
The Jets are 4-1 in their last 5 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Maple Leafs are 22-7 in their last 29 home games and 40-19 in their last 59 overall. The over is 6-2-1 in Jets last 9 overall. The over is 29-12-3 in Maple Leafs last 44 overall. The favorite is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are the better team, at home and have the rest advantage, so it’s no secret why they’re a big favorite here. However, we’re getting big plus money with a Winnipeg Jets team that’s playing great hockey over the last week or so. The Jets also need to keep winning in order to have any chance of sneaking into the playoffs. The road team has had success in this series. I’ll take a stab with the Jets and the plus money.